There are many simple things we can do or not do every day to help keep our bodies healthy. In my practice I do my best to communicate these simple tools to my patients. I believe that education is an important stepping stone in having the knowledge to make better decisions about your health. Let’s face the facts, our culture has some unhealthy habits as do many cultures around the world. Often unhealthy does not always mean bad. Take for example drinking wine. We know today that a few glasses in moderation each week of red wine can be very beneficial for one’s health. Red wind contains one of the most powerful antioxidants know to man, resveratrol.
With that said our culture has come up with some bad modern habits. At some point in time it became vogue to try to be nonhuman. Today people go to great lengths to try not to let others see their human side. Here is the big shocker; no matter how hard you try to be super human it’s just not possible. We are what we are and there is no getting around it.
My point in all of this revolves around the simple act of sweating. One of the best ways our body has to detoxify itself. The groin and the armpits are the two areas of our body where the lymph system drains most of its toxins when sweating. The latter is the one I would like to talk about here. Almost all of my patients are using antiperspirants these days. To find an antiperspirant 15 years ago was hard, but today to find just a deodorant is just as hard. In 15 years the market has switched over to almost exclusively antiperspirant use. I’m of the opinion that this is a very bad thing for your health. Preventing one of the largest lymph detox areas from doing its job is a bad thing, it goes against the design of our bodies.
So feel free to be human and use a deodorant only and maybe by the end of a long day you will start to smell like a human. Don’t freak out, just go into the rest room and clean up a little and reapply some more deodorant. By letting your body excrete the toxins from its lymph system in the way it was designed, you are helping prevent illness. Keeping your house clean is the best way to keep bugs from coming to live with you. This is also true when speaking of your body.